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After China entered the Korean War in late 1950, the US and its allies were forced to retreat south, past the 38th parallel in January of 1951. By March and April a series of offensives by US and South Korean forces had pushed the North Koreans above the 38th parallel, and despite combined North Korean and Chinese counterattacks in May, neither side gained much ground.

This series of events would persist throughout the remainder of the Korean War - from the second half of 1951 to mid-1953 - many large scale battles would be fought (Battle of Heartbreak Ridge, Battle of Porkchop Hill, Battle of Bloody Ridge) with little to no territory changing hands. Armistice negotiations began in Kaesong in July of 1951 and were held off and on for two years, with a major point of contention being the exchange of POW's (many North Korean and Chinese POWs wanted to remain in South Korea).

The armistice agreement was finally signed on July 27, 1953 with all sides ceasing conflict and the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) established at approximately the 38th parallel. The Korean DMZ would be patrolled by North and South Korean forces, as well as UN and US soldiers. While fighting in the Korean War has ended, the war is still technically is ongoing, as a peace treaty was never signed.


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